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Winter Storm Damages Delaware Beaches

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Rehoboth Beach coastal and boardwalk damage (Photo: WBOC News) Rehoboth Beach coastal and boardwalk damage (Photo: WBOC News)

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.-The beaches along the Delaware coastline sustained severe damage from this past weekend's winter storm. Heavy winds and high water tore away the dunes that were protecting property along the beaches.

The north end of the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach sustained the most damage; water breaching the dunes completely exposed the boardwalk and caused damage to the infrastructure, according to Delaware state officials assessing the damage.

"We had severe impact of our dunes. The dunes were heavily compromised at this point and we're feeling a lot more vulnerable now to future storms then we have anytime in the last 12 years," said Tony Pratt, administrator of shoreline and waterways for the state of Delaware. 

Mangled fencing and debris could be seen for miles along the beach. Jane Miller and Gwen Johnson were out walking along the beach on Monday seeing the damage. 

"There's a lot of sand on the boardwalk. We've seen a lot. There's a lot of erosion, it's kind of sad to see," Johnson said. 

"I've never seen it this bad before; I've never seen the boardwalk exposed like that," Miller said.

Sen. Tom Carper surveyed the damage Monday with the Army Corps of Engineers. He felt confident the beaches will be replenished and restored from the damage of this storm. He said the federal government will contribute two-thirds and the state will pay one-third of the cost to rebuild the beaches. 

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